Letters to the Editor – #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to LETTERS TO THE EDITOR!  Members, if you have a question, concern or just want to share a pat on the back to our hardworking TEAM, please submit those letters to RRBCInfo@gmail.com.  You could find your letter posted here and your question just might help another member maneuver the RRBC/RWISA waters.  (We will not post member names as we want everyone to feel comfy and safe in their postings). But, if you see your letter posted, feel free to exclaim, “THOSE ARE MY WORDS!” 

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February 12, 2020

Dear Editor:

Let me begin by saying I appreciate all that you do for your club and all the hard work you give to support the members.  Whew!  I got that out of the way now here’s my big question.  Why do you push your membership so hard to be involved with each other, and so active in supporting?  I like the concept, I would just like to know your motivation?

Signed:  MP

Dear MP:

Thank you for that question.  It seems it’s one that I need to revisit often.  When I started RRBC, I was coming from a place online of absolutely no support.  I was new to social media and everywhere I turned, I was being shunned and shown that these people were only out for themselves.  Being one who has always lived a life of service to others, I couldn’t understand the ways of these people or their selfish mindsets, so I knew that if there was to be a place where real support was fostered and highly encouraged, I would have to create one – and so I did.

We have those on our roster who clearly don’t subscribe to my way of thinking when it comes to support.  They expect to receive without ever giving anything in return (and God forbid you expect them to give even before they receive anything, which is what we also encourage here).  We often check social media feeds (especially Twitter) to get a pretty clear snapshot of just how supportive our members are online.  Sometimes, what’s reported to me or what I see, is disheartening and downright sad.

The members that I reference above, are interested in pushing one person and one person only, and that person would be the one sitting behind their keyboard.  These are the same people who you never see involved or participating in anything in the club (not even the events that will cost them absolutely nothing); they never show up to support anyone else (not in the peanut gallery of a RAVE WAVES show, not at a book club discussion, not anything) and they won’t even take the time to even respond to, or acknowledge email messages that are sent out to them.  We work hard on getting info out to our members – an acknowledgement of receipt would be awfully nice. (Thank you to those who do send those through on a regular basis, by the way!)  These people are the ones who complain about everything, but do nothing absolutely nothing else to help in any way.

But, unfortunately for these folks, we are working on a new kind of system here at RRBC & RWISA and it’s called the “SHOW UP” system.  Those folks, the takers in the bunch, will notice a difference in the way we operate now.  Whether it motivates them to do better or if it helps them out the door, we’re prepared to assist them either way.  There are those members here who give and give and give support like never seen before, but, why should they be the only ones giving while others sit on their hineys and just take, take, take?  That irks me.  {Thank you, RRBC core!}

I realized long ago that RRBC isn’t for everyone.  The takers on our roster are accustomed to belonging to organizations that are satisfied just because someone joined their club and they ask nothing at all from you, the members.  As long as your book is parked on their site, or, your name on their roster enables them to look like a viable place to be – they’re fine with that.  Not so here.  We don’t ask for much, but the little we do ask for (reciprocal support and engagement) we expect, because what you get here is so much more than you will ever give.

I hope this response has satisfied your curiosity as to my motivation for pushing members to support one another.  It’s the way I live my life and since RRBC is such a huge part of my life, I doubt that I’ll be straying from that premise – ever!

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September 22, 2019

Dear Editor:

Recently I’ve noticed signs (disclaimers) at the tops of some of the pages on the RRBC forum, in the catalog where blurbs are posted as well as in The Pipeline.  These disclaimers state that you’re not responsible for the writing found in the blurbs, etc.  Why are these being posted?

Signed:  Just Really Very Interested

Dear Just Really Very Interested:

It is always our intent to profile only the best here at RRBC,  but with my horribly busy schedule and the way that our processes are in place to offer more support to those who give more support, there are those times when we post to our forums blurbs or other writing, etc., that is less than stellar.

Since I care so very greatly about the writing that I put out in any forum, I want it made very clear that some writing that may be found in certain areas of our sites have absolutely nothing to do with me.

When we post blurbs that are taken directly from Amazon or blog posts (such as ON THE SHELF interviews) that are sent to us just as they are and (riddled with typos or other hiccups), it is also our hope that the writers will take a look at their work on full display and being promoted heavily and say, “Wait a minute.  I need to pull that down to fix it!”  Sadly, this hardly ever happens.

Your question was a very good question and I’m glad you asked it.  In short, I don’t want anyone visiting any of our forums assuming that “poorly written/edited” book blurbs or blog posts were written by Nonnie Jules.  

If you should find any such writing here in The Pipeline that we have pulled directly from Amazon, we apologize in advance.

Thanks!

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September 7, 2019

Dear Editor:

I recently saw a tweet that your organization is going into its 6th year of formation.  I’ve seen so many organizations like yours come and go around the internet – they pop up one day and then months later, poof! they’re gone.  What is it about your organization that keeps you here when so many others seem to not stand a chance?

Signed:  “Curious But I’m Not A Cat” 

Dear “Curious But I’m Not A Cat:”

RRBC is going into its 6th year and I agree with you, I also see these groups pop up and I see them disappear just as quickly as they appeared.  With RRBC, there is (not just a sense of, but) true “community” behind everything we do.  With community comes support, and that is one of the biggest factors for our core members who renew year after year after year.  There’s just no other place that you will find the kind of support we offer to each other.   Our members care about the success of their fellow members just as much as they care about their own success.  When one of us succeeds, we’re genuinely happy because we know that it’s a win for us all.  Our members know that we’re going to be here;  that they’re not going to wake up one day and find that we’re gone.  We’re home for so many and our members know that we are a family and they will always be safe here at home with their RRBC family.

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July 20, 2019

Dear Editor:

What can be done if a fellow member posts a bad review of my book?

Signed:  “It Just Happened To Me”

Dear “It Just Happened To Me:”

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. If members have purchased and read your book and in their honest opinion find that it deserves a low rating, that is their choice to give you that rating.  When we publish books, we are giving every Tom, Ben, and Harry the “right” to say whatever they want about our work.  Before we publish, we must ensure that we have a thick skin to withstand whatever comes at us by way of reviews of criticism.  At RRBC, we only ask that when members leave reviews that they DO NOT personally attack the author in their reviews;  members doing so, are in DIRECT violation of our CODE OF CONDUCT. Members are not allowed to post any negativity on the RRBC site, but we all, board members included, are encouraged ALWAYS to post only honest reviews, first and foremost. Just because the name on the door reads RAVE REVIEWS does not mean that every review given will be or should be a rave review.

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January 20, 2019

Dear Nonnie:

When members are non-compliant, why are their books removed without them being notified first?

Signed:  Always Compliant but Curious

Hello, Always Compliant but Curious!

Although the RRBC & RWISA entities run like very well-oiled machines, the truth is, we only have a limited amount of hands performing massive amounts of work.  With our membership fee being so nominal and affordable, we feel that since we are an organization of adults, the least that our members can do is to learn and abide by the rules established to keep order in our organization.

One of those rules of remaining compliant is that if you are not supporting your fellow members with a minimum of 4 purchase/reads/reviews per year, then your books are removed from the catalog.  We do not have the manpower to continually remind adults of what they should already be aware of.  Our very active and supportive members never have an issue in this area and, if they can comply with the rules, then so can everyone else.

Every reputable organization has rules that its members are required to abide by.  RRBC/RWISA is no different.

I hope that I have quelled your curiosity and thanks for writing in!

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December 12, 2018

Dear Nonnie aka RRBC:

I recently heard another member complain about the fact that the membership fee was going up by $10 – from $25 to $35.  I have been a member here for quite some time, but although I’m not quite as involved as I’d like to be (being a better member is on my Resolutions list for 2019), I still love all that I see going on around me and I LOVEEEEEEEEE the support I get, even though I feel ashamed for not having reciprocated (fully) the same.

I just want to say THANK YOU for all you do for us “little” authors and if someone is complaining here about an increase of $10 on an already minimal membership fee, especially for all the support that’s given, I say “poo” on them, and if I were you, I’d wave a hearty goodbye to them.  RRBC’s membership is worth so much more and I’d gladly spend $100 or more annually if I had to (but if you do decide to increase it that much, would you do so slowly….I mean, a girl still has to eat, you know).

Signed:  A Better RRBCer in 2019

Dear ” A Better RRBCer in 2019″…

I do wave hearty goodbyes, each and every time one decides to leave.  Most often, they were the ones who didn’t belong on our roster anyway (if they leave with complaints, that is).  I’ve learned, over the years, that some who have been on our roster, were here long enough to learn all they could about the way that we do all the great things we do, in an attempt to try and mimic what we do.  Sadly, I can’t say that any have succeeded at ” copying” our processes or being as good as we are.  The ones who leave with honest and decent reasons for having to, most often return and those are the ones we welcome back with open arms.

As far as raising our membership fee into the hundreds, well, RRBC was here 5 years before there was an increase, and it was so minimal, I’m not sure anyone noticed; except for the ones who complain about EVERYTHING.

Thank you for your kind words, and Happy 2019!!!

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July 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

I have allowed my membership to lapse twice since I’ve been a member of RRBC.  The first time I returned, after a day or two, I didn’t have to submit a new application and I was told that I still had all of my reviews.  The second time, I re-joined about three months later and was then informed I had to submit a new application and that I would have to start all over again with my reviews.  This was very disappointing.  Can you please explain why the difference?

Signed:  Love RRBC but not that policy.

Dear Love RRBC BNTP:

RRBC does have two member return policies:  one for those whose membership may lapse and then they return within a couple of days, and a second one for those who leave and rejoin much later.  This information can be found under our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page but I am posting it below for your immediate reference:

-If a member cancels or allows his/her membership to lapse and then rejoins within 3 days of cancellation or non-renewal, they will be re-instated where they left off in their membership.  There will be no need to submit a NEW membership application and they will retain all reviews and recruitment credits earned during their membership, but, their books will be removed from the catalog;

-If a member cancels or fails to renew after 3 days of the membership renewal deadline and then decides to rejoin, they will be treated as a NEW member upon their return.  They must complete a new membership application, pay their membership fee, and will have lost all reviews and recruitment credits earned during their membership;

Love RRBC BNTP, our policies are in place to make our jobs easier and to also ensure that the continuity of our processes here remains intact.  I hope this has answered your question.

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June 25, 2018

Dear Editor:

I’ve been a member of RRBC for a little over 5 months now and I love your organization and its structure.  I also belong to other organizations who are a little laxer (and also a little less structured) than RRBC, especially in the rules department.  I’m not complaining by any means, but would just like to ask a question:  Why are there so many rules here?

Signed:  Loving it but curious.

Hello, Loving it but curious!

The simplest answer to your question is one of my very own quotes…one of my favorites:  “A land without rules is a land soon ruled by chaos.” 

LIBC, my life is much too busy for the chaos of a rule-less people.

Thanks for writing in!

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Last year, a dear member was having a difficult time, as we all experience at one time or another.  I noticed that they had not registered for the conference so I reached out to find out why.  They explained to me that finances were a little “tight” due to some unexpected “life” expenses and they just couldn’t afford to attend that year, but, they were still going to donate a $25 Amazon gift card for the Raffle.

I suggested that they hurry on over to register and I would take care of the cost.  I also informed them that their offer of donating to the gift basket Raffle was being respectfully declined.

The task of putting together our WC&BE is a gigantic one and the fees allow us to do so much for our members, and also keeps the club running as well as it does.  Aside from the few hands that volunteer here, RRBC also “employs” help from outside of the membership and that doesn’t come at a minimal cost, but there was no way that I was going to allow one of our supportive members to miss out on such an awesome event due to a lack of finances.

I wanted to share their THANK YOU, as it is too special to keep all to myself:

September 29, 2017

Dear Editor:

Oh hell, Nonnie, it takes a great deal to reduce this old kid to tears, my friend.

I have always valued friendship and family above all else. I’ve lost so many of both over these strange and unpredictable years. To have found another family to truly belong to, a family of warm and welcoming people … that for me is the gift that keeps on giving.

Your generosity and support only strengthen that already enriching experience. I thank you my friend, and I accept your wonderful gift with a gratitude that simple words cannot hope to express.

I’ll head on over now and register, and then explain to my daughters why their mother is wearing a permanent grin this morning. 

Thank you!

I’ll just sign this:  Awesome Member

Dear Awesome Member:

Thru my tears, I say THANK YOU for epitomizing what I always envisioned my perfect RRBC member-family to look like.  In spite of your financial difficulties, your generous heart and spirit were still willing to give, even when you could have used those funds elsewhere.  Again, THANK YOU!

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Mar 24, 2018

Dear Editor:

Just want to tell you…

…that you are the most incredible person whose ever come into my life.

You are always there to push me on when I falter. It’s like you can sense when I miss a step.

I know our paths were meant to cross. My life is uplifted with you in it.

Know that I am aware of what it takes for you to keep this club together and I pray for you, too.

You are the best and I love who you are and the light that your presence brings to the world.

Signed, 

S

Dear S…

I remember the day that I received this message.  I was exhausted and tired, and…I had just gotten home from a doctor’s appt.  Your message was so very kind and thoughtful -and so uplifting, that I thought I’d share it…in hopes that someone else might be lifted by your words of encouragement, as well.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  You made my day!

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December 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

Hi, Nonnie! First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your insanely busy life to write an email to me. I write that with true sincerity (no sarcasm here, I promise!). 🙂 I truly appreciate your critique and your advice. I embrace constructive criticism because it helps me grow and become better, so thank you! 🙂

I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying about my first book trailer. I created that book trailer two years ago, and it was my first time creating a trailer. My second one was made last year. I believe it is better than the first, but it still has room for improvement. Unfortunately, I do not have time to fix either one of those right now. I’m grateful there aren’t any grammatical or spelling errors, but I do agree with you that they could be better.

You emailed me at the perfect time because I was working on my third book trailer yesterday, and I was struggling with it because I was repeating the same pattern, and I was hating the result. Your email helped me figure out what I was hating about it. Lol! I revamped it last night and will hopefully finalize it tonight. Hopefully, this new one will be better at grabbing people’s attention.

Again, thank you for thinking of me and helping me to grow!

Signed

C

Dear C…

Let me begin by saying that my schedule is never too busy to take a pause to help someone.  I would hope that the same kindness, if ever needed, would be shown to me.

I am so glad that I was able to point out clearly those areas that helped you to make your subsequent trailers better.  Realizing that our work needs improvement is the first step in making it better, even if we’re not able to do so at that time.  (Thank goodness it wasn’t your book, though, because I would have begged and pleaded for you to take it down until you had the time).  🙂

C, we’ve all had firsts, and you know what, I don’t believe that we should be judged on them at all (unless they’re just absolutely amazing!)

Thanks for taking the time to share with me!

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December 4, 2017

Dear Editor:

I’m a member of RRBC and have been a member for a while now.  I’d like to know why sometimes my posts are held for moderation and then other times they go right through?

Signed

E. D.

Dear E.D…

Unfortunately, there are times that members use certain “trigger” words in their comments such as ‘Goodreads’, that may cause the system to halt a post.  Here are other reasons why your posts might be held for moderation:

-You attempt to leave a comment which contains more than one link;
-You attempt to leave a comment which contains the name of a blog or website which is not on our “approved sites” list;
-You attempt to leave a question or comment which is clearly meant for our Governing Board and not for the club as a whole;
-You attempt to leave a comment which contains the name of an author who is not a member here or the title of a book written by an author who is not a member;
-You attempt to leave a comment which contains the title of a member book not listed in our catalog.

As you can see, there are various reasons why your comments might be held, but we do work hard to get those comments that should be released, released onto the site in a timely manner.

We do love that our members take the time to engage on the site but even with that, we must always ensure that our policies and procedures are being honored at all times.

Thank you so much for your question!

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27 comments

    • Jan, I have always said, I’d prefer to have a roster with only 25 – 50 solid supportive members, as opposed to a roster of 600 filled with takers.

      Now, the policy is, you show up, or you don’t, but, if you choose the don’t – well, the choice was all yours!

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    • I agree completely! I love showing up, and I love that I’ve had the time lately to be involved with everything, but even when my work schedule gets back to “normal” (whatever that will look like in the future), I still plan to show up whenever I can. I am a giver, so it makes me happy to help others. 🙂

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  1. These “letters to the editor” are always educational for the rest of us. I have always loved reading them in other magazines. It can be hard embracing constructive criticism but you can grow if you are open to them.

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  2. Nonnie, these questions and comments are of great value to any members of RRBC or RWISA that aren’t quite sure the whys of what we do. Thank you for sharing! I hope everyone READS them!

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  3. Nonnie, your replies to the “Letters to the Editor” are simple and straight to the point. I love the structure of RRBC. For, as you say, without structure and rules, there would be total chaos. I, for one, do not like chaos. Imagine if there were no stop signs or red lights. 🙂 Thank you for ALL that you do!

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  4. I don’t know why I didn’t take the time to comment here sooner. The posts are informative and always educational. And reading the thoughts of others is almost like people-watching. Its a fun thing to do.

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  5. Yep, I teared up reading these letters. Lol! Kindness is such a beautiful energy because it affects both the giver and the receiver (and everyone else who then interacts with those two people). Thanks for always practicing what you preach. 🙂

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  6. I, too, am grateful for finding this family that you envisioned and brought to life, Nonnie. I love this section of the Pipeline.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these messages, Nonnie. When I discovered the Club, I felt like I was coming home, because the Club’s mission, in terms of helping and supporting others, echoed my own. Through your support and encouragement, Nonnie, you have given many of us a voice. How extraordinary. Blessings!

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  8. I love these new letters. Especially the one from “C” when she said, “I embrace constructive criticism.” That’s what we are all about – growing and learning.

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